Call for Proposals: Advancing Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health, Poverty, and Racial Disparities
The Law, Medicine & Health Care Section and the Poverty Law Section of the AALS are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for our co-sponsored program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 9am-12pm. This three hour session will be divided into two Parts, as described below.
Part 1: Call for Scholarly Presenters Concerning Advancing Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health, Poverty, and Racial Disparities
Many academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and policymakers have begun to focus on achieving health equity by addressing the social determinants of health, poverty, and racial disparities. Although this has become a movement, it is unclear whether those involved in the movement understand that to obtain health equity, we must address structural and institutional issues that cause inequity and advance justice for individuals and communities. Legal scholarship is beginning to explore the ways in which law, policies, and systems can be leveraged to reduce disparities and address social determinants of health for those marginalized by virtue of race, poverty, or both. Part I of this Program will feature 2-3 presenters from this Call for Papers, who will present their scholarship exploring these issues, alongside an expert from the medical field who will present on this topic.
Part 2: Call for Facilitators for Interactive Discussions on Teaching Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health, Poverty, and Racial Disparities
Many government officials, non-profit organizations, and policymakers have begun to focus on achieving health equity by addressing the social determinants of health, poverty, and racial disparities. Although this has become a movement, it is unclear whether those involved in this charge understand what health equity means and thus whether this will have a positive change on laws and policies that will result in health equity. In this context, teaching health equity, social determinants of health, poverty law, and racial disparities is an important endeavor to ensure that students will be able to promote meaningful change in law and policy. The question is how do we teach these issues to prepare students to advance justice in these areas and to serve as a resource for policy change. In this section we plan to foster an interactive discussion to explore questions, such as:
- How do we incorporate a discussion of civil rights, human rights, poverty, public health laws and theories in our teaching?
- How do we translate the health equity language from psychology, medicine, and public health into legal doctrines?
- How do we integrate the discussion of different status (i.e. race, gender identification, sexual orientation, class, disability, etc) into the discussion of health equity?
- How do we teach in this challenging field?
- Are team teaching methods particularly useful?
- How can incorporate learners or professionals from other disciplines, such as medical students or physicians, in our teaching on these topics?
- Is this a rich area for experiential learning, such as legal advocacy to address social determinants of health in law clinics or practicum courses or the creation of policy briefs, model legislation, or amicus briefs?
- Can we leverage the power of the internet to teach more effectively?
Part II will involve an interactive discussion about teaching strategies on this topic, for which we are seeking 3-4 facilitators who will share their teaching innovations and challenges and facilitate interactive discussions.
Call for Proposals
We welcome the submission of a one-page proposal (500 words or fewer) for Part 1 or Part 2. In your submission, please include your preference for participation in Part 1 (traditional scholarly presentation) or Part 2 (facilitation of an interactive discussion on teaching health equity) and indicate whether you’re interested in being considered for publication in the Journal of Legal Medicine, pursuant to the guidelines below.
Submit your proposal by email to Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5th with the email subject line “AALS LHMC 2020 Submission.”
Submission method and deadline
Proposals selected for Part 1 and 2 of the AALS program will be reviewed for a publication opportunity in the Journal of Legal Medicine if interest in publication is indicated in the proposal.
Proposals will be selected for publication after a review by Leslie E. Wolf, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legal Medicine, and two anonymous referees. Your final article is due by February 15, 2020 and will undergo peer review.
Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Legal Medicine, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the intersection of health, law, science and policy. It publishes short commentaries (up to 3,000 words) and articles (up to 7,500 words), although longer articles may be published. The Journal publishes four issues a year, and accepts submissions year-round. For more information about aims and scope of the Journal of Legal Medicine see:https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ulgm20&
Inquiries or questions
Any inquiries about the Call for Proposals should be submitted to Professor Yael Cannon at Georgetown University Law Center at email@example.com or Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby at Saint Louis University at firstname.lastname@example.org